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Woman continues to push new law in response to Doty murder

SEBRING - When members of Highlands County's legislative delegation meet later this month, a woman seeking a new law in response to the Aaron Doty murder case plans to be present. Roxanne Judd said she will advocate the new law when the delegation meets on Oct. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Highlands County commission chambers. The law would require those who see a crime being committed to report it or face criminal penalties themselves. "If you see a crime and you don't call the proper authorities, you need to pay for your actions," she said.
Doty was murdered on June 9, 2012, while attending a party. Authorities said two men picked a fight with him, which resulted in Doty ending up unconscious. While he was unconscious, authorities said, the two men transported his body to the woods and burned him alive. Although more than a dozen people attended the party, none reported it to authorities. Judd said her law is aimed at preventing that situation from happening again. During the last several months, she said, more than 8,000 people have signed an online petition in support of the law. People can still do that by going to www.signon.org and searching for Aaron Doty, she said. Judd said all the signatures will be presented to legislators during the delegation meeting. She's hoping, she said, that others who support the law will attend the meeting, regardless of whether they just want to sit or if they want to speak in favor of it. jmeisel@highlandstoday.com (863) 386-5834